In the process of making robots more accessible, sometimes a technology that has been around for a while presents itself to us in a new light. For many years, all of the Trossen Robotics mobile robot kits have come with Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. LiPo batteries are fantastic for their energy density, meaning that they give you the most run time for your robot for the weight of the battery. They are admittedly not the easiest battery to work with, having to make sure that the voltage isn’t too low, but they are fantastic for experienced users. To help remove the experience barrier for those new to robotics, and to offer those that are experienced an option that is easy to manage but still powerful, we now carry a Lithium Ion Battery! This battery operates at 7.4V, which works very well with RobotGeek Servos, and has a capacity of 4400mAh. It comes with a charger that features over-voltage protection, and the battery itself has built in under-voltage protection, making sure that the battery is safe and easy to use. This battery is a perfect pairing for a Geekbot, or if you would like to take a RobotGeek Snapper Arm on the go!
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We have a new product, and it’s pretty gosh darn exciting for anyone using AX and MX series Dynamixel Servos for a single board computer robot! The Xevelabs USB2AX v3.2a USB to TTL Dynamixel Servo Interface is diminutive in size, but talks a big game with any device utilizing a half-duplex TTL interface 3-pin connector using the Dynamixel Protocol! The USB2AX works as a serial device, receiving messages from your PC via USB, and transmitting the data over to the DYNAMIXEL chain. You can send and read data to/from DYNAMIXEL servos just like you would with a microcontroller.
Often a USB2DYNAMIXEL adapter would be used to connect a PC to a DYNAMIXEL chain, but at just under 4cm in length, the USB2AX is a much more compact solution. The USB2AX also offers lower latency and more software features than the USB2DYNAMIXEL. If you want to use a small single board computer like the Raspberry Pi to control your DYNAMIXEL based robot, the USB2AX is the board for you.
Xevelabs has a plethora of documentation to get you started with the USB2AX in no time at all. The USB2AX is an Open Source project, allowing you to reprogram, hack, and configure the hardware and software as you deem fit!
We’ve got the littleBits Exploration Series, for your edutainment! Each littleBits Kit comes with magnetic snap together modules, designed to mitigate the danger of making a mistake, allowing for neophytes young and old to make electronics projects in a snap! No soldering, wiring or programming required. Your kids [and you!] can learn the basics of electronics, explore STEAM/STEM principles, form the foundations of critical thinking, or just have fun with blinking, buzzing creations. Kits range in price from $99.00 to $199.00.
If you’d like to learn Arduino Programming skills, which are a valuable foundation for getting involved in the realm of modern electronics, the RobotGeek Experimenter’s Kit line is for you! Each kit comes with the Geekduino and the easy to use RobotGeek Sensor Shield. With the RobotGeek System, students can dive right in to programming using Analog and Digital input modules, controlling a variety of output modules with Digital and PWM signals! With easy to follow guides, simple to assemble parts, and a large variety of modules, the RobotGeek Experimenter’s Kit line is a top notch choice for STEAM/STEM learners! We offer basic kits for new learners, and specialized kits, such as RFID, Touch, Linear Actuator, Floor Mat, and Display Kits to move you up to the next level and give your next project a swift and informed start. Kits range in price from $39.95 to $199.95.
Want to control your hexapod or other ArbotiX-M Powered InterbotiX robot with an Android Phone or Tablet? You’re going to need the InterbotiX Bluetooth Upgrade Kit so you can get up and scuttling quickly with the BT Commander App! The BT Commander App is an easy to use solution for controlling your robot via Bluetooth. Based on the ArbotiX Commander, the control scheme should be familiar to anyone who has used one, and simple enough to learn for those who are just getting started.
Kyle shows off the RobotGeek RFID Lock Box Kit in this informative video! The RobotGeek RFID Lock Box kit combines Arduino, RFID and a Project Box to make your very own personal safe! The lock box kit allows you to to program your arduino to lock and unlock the box with the swipe an RFID tag or card, it even stays locked if unplugged. Mildly secure your semi-valuables in this decorative conversation piece!
We’ve got a gripper with some new moves at RobotGeek. Snapper Arms now come with our new Parallel Gripper, which is a major improvement over the old 9G Gripper. With a more powerful RGS-13 Servo and smooth parallel action, this gripper takes the cake (or whatever you want it to take, really). We also carry a new Wide Gripper, for larger cakes. Wider cakes. Cake would probably make a terrible mess of these, you should probably not try to lift cake with them. If you do lift cake with them, we’re not responsible for any damage the cake does to your gripper. Even though cake is really tasty, the gripper won’t appreciate it as much as you do. Fair warning.
RobotGeek has rolled out two Floor Switch Mat kits to make your Halloween SUPER SPOOKY. The first is the RobotGeek Floor Switch Tail Kit, a simple kit that turns on any AC powered device when someone steps on a Floor mat switch. The more advanced (but super simple to set up with our How to Guide) RobotGeek Floor Mat Experimenter’s Kit Gives you extensive control over tons of things, such as sounds, lights, and external devices (such as a halloween prop) when the floor mat switch is activated.
The Geekbot Advanced with BrainOS is here! This is a special edition of our Geekbot Platform powered by Brain Corporation’s BrainOS. This robot can be controlled via an iPhone App or set to run autonomously. The Geekbot uses a Raspberry Pi to process image data from its RobotGeek Webcam and traverse obstacles in its environment.
Brain Corporation’s work on BrainOS is unique because they are designing a system that is intended to be trained instead of programmed. The idea is that there are tasks that are far easier to ‘train’ a robot to perform vs program the robot to perform. Brain OS is great for service robots that need to interact with their environment in a complex fashion. Training can be shared among multiple robots, allowing you to deploy a whole swarm of BrainOS based robots!
New kits, parts, and upgrades!
That’s it for now!